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Water SENSE - Water Social, Engineering, and Natural Sciences Engagement

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Water SENSE IGERT is intended to produce scholars who will be able to work in leadership positions in government, private, and nonprofit organizations interested in improving community health and child development outcomes via improved water supply, utilization, and management. The training Water SENSE IGERT Fellows will receive will prepare them in all aspects of water and waterborne disease management, including designing, executing and evaluating water-based interventions in close consultation – and with the active participation – of the intended beneficiaries. We will be teaching and using new and established approaches to water utilization and management, waterborne pathogen control and vector biology, and simultaneously training students in the social and cultural challenges required for the sustainable use of clean water.

Water will become an even more important factor in determining human well-being in the future, as the world’s population increases from roughly 6.5 billion now to 9 billion by 2050. Also as the developing world’s population urbanizes, the demand for water transport and processing worldwide will increase significantly. Meanwhile, the supply of water is unlikely to increase and may decline as a result of major shifts in the world’s climate. Since water scarcity has a direct link to water contamination, the future outlook for water-related morbidity and mortality is bleak, especially in the absence of major public interventions. Water scarcity also portends worldwide political instability as more people and nations compete for this vital resource.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Riverside (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Health
Environmental Risk Assessment
Environmental Toxicity
Human Health & Nutrition
Human Pathogenics
Human-Environment Interactions
Public Health
Water Management
Water Quality

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 8/14/2018
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